Madame X (1966)

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When her lover is killed, the wife of a wealthy man is convinced to fake her own death, which leads her into greater depths of depravity until fate reunites her with her long-lost son, who is unaware of her real identity.


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  • Keir Dullea and Lana Turner in Madame X (1966)
  • John Forsythe in Madame X (1966)
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9 May 2005 | preppy-3
8
| Not a good film but I had fun watching it.
A lower-class woman (Lana Turner) marries a rich man (John Forsythe) much to his mother's (Constance Bennett) disapproval. Years pass--she has a son and starts an affair with a sleazy guy (Ricardo Montalban). When she tries to call if off he accidentally dies. Her mother-in-law finds out and convinces her to fake her death and flee--or she'll ruin the life of her husband and child. She does but is destroyed by self-guilt and becomes an alcoholic. She ends up killing another man...and is defended by her grown son (Kier Dullea)...who doesn't know she's his mother!

OK--we're not dealing with reality here. This is basically a melodramatic howler with jaw-dropping lines but damned if it didn't (ocassionally) work. It's lushly made with beautiful settings and gorgeous outfits and clothes. It also has a pounding music score that tells us exactly how to feel. And Bennett (in her last film) got a face lift before this movie started filming--she looks younger than Lana! The acting is not bad. Bennett makes the most of her role as a cold, calculating woman and it's nice to see Kier Dullea so young. But this is Lana's show all the way--she's just great and even allows herself to look terrible towards the end. The climatic courtroom sequence could have been campy but Turner's performance holds it all together. Also Burgess Meredith is good in a supporting role.

This is a very silly but fun soap opera elevated by the acting and beautiful production values. Considered to be Lana's last real good movie. I give it an 8.

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